Seeland Hawker Advance jacket and trousers – review

Cornish deerstalker Ollie Williams has been testing the Seeland Hawker Advance set of jacket and trousers – and he’s impressed.

The Hawker Advance jacket is a technical shell jacket designed to withstand any weather conditions while being light weight and low noise. It has a windproof and waterproof Seetex membrane and taped seams. The outer material and membrane are stretchy, so the jacket follows your movements.

Ollie Williams testing the Hawker Advance kit in the field in Cornwall

Inside it’s lined with soft, honeycomb polyester which provides insulation while allowing air and moisture to circulate and evaporate. That means the jacket is highly breathable and temperature regulating. If you get too hot, you can ventilate by unzipping under the arms. There are plenty of pockets, with waterproof zips that open from top or bottom.

The matching Hawker Advance trousers are made in the same way, and feature ventilation zips behind the knees, and elasticated drawstrings at the ankles. The four pockets have waterproof zips.

The jacket and trousers kept Ollie warm despite a chilly start

Ollie reckons the Hawker Advance gear does the job, for a fraction the price of top-end stalking clothing. “It does what it says on the tin – I have no complaints,” he says. “Today’s stalk began early when it was pretty cold, and this was the only layer I was wearing. Now it’s warmed up and I’m not too hot.”

He agrees it’s quiet too, which is important for him when stalking. “It doesn’t catch on brambles and stuff, and doesn’t make too much noise.”

The Seeland Hawker Advance Jacket is priced at £199.99, and the trousers £169.99. Find out more at gb.Seeland.com

The Cornish countryside provides a real test of stalking gear
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